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Porta Pia

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Overview

Title
Porta Pia
Author
fede_76
Rating
2.86
Year
1565 AD
Cost
Free Admission
Average visit time
15 minutes
Address
Piazzale di Porta Pia, 00198 Rome RM
Hours of operation
Always

Description

Porta Pia was commissioned by Pope Pius IV (from whom took its name) and designed by Michelangelo between 1561 and 1565 replacing Porta Nomentana. Porta Pia is one of the doors of the Aurelian Walls, and became especially popular on 20 September 1870 when a breach was made in the wall by the artillery of the Italian Kingdom to allow soldiers to enter the city. A monument in marble and bronze was erected about fifty meters west of the breach. Facing the door, in the Piazzale di Porta Pia, stands the monument of the "Bersagliere" commissioned in 1932 by Mussolini.